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    I'd be curious to the weight and insulation properties too.

    I'd also be curious about how various critters might react to it? Would it scare away various animals? Cause a bear to aggress? Be a flea and tick magnet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otter1 View Post
    While I hope this works for you, I think it's gonna STINK! I would not bother, but please do report back on the results.
    Im intrigued, as well, since I have a large dog that produces a TON of fluff, but - like Otter1 - the only thing I can think of is the smell of wet dog. Or dry dog, for that matter. It appeals to the economical and reusable side of me (maybe that didnt come out quite right), but Ill personally continue to buy the down and let the birds use the fur. Definitely curious to know how it goes, though!

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    Ambulo tua ambulo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle View Post
    Similar, yes, but... I’d consider Alpaca wool to be MUCH more common for clothing and insulation purposes, with the added benefit of not smelling like wet dog (for the record, I’ve never smelled wet Alpaca, but I HAVE encountered wet dog on plenty of occasions). It also seems that the fiber structure is quite different.

    One question that keeps creeping up in my mind is whether or not dog fur (for those who’d be willing to use it) would eventually mat up inside the shell of whatever it’s stuffed into. I’d imagine that you’d eventually have a clumpy, smelly quilt. I could be wrong.

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    Had to post this. That eye!! LOL!! Everything is fine as long as I don't make eye contact.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AmberG View Post
    One question that keeps creeping up in my mind is whether or not dog fur (for those whod be willing to use it) would eventually mat up inside the shell of whatever its stuffed into. Id imagine that youd eventually have a clumpy, smelly quilt. I could be wrong.
    Good question. Dog hair can definitely become matted - we have had to cut mats out of dogs hair. However alpaca fiber and wool are more easily matted (technically it is called felted) than dog hair. Those fibers can be felted just by slightly agitating them in a wash basin or by allowing water from the faucet to run directly on them. On the other hand, hair from our Australian Shepherd would go through the washer and dryer without ever felting.

    Based on my experience, I would say that dog hair would be less prone to felting in a quilt than wool or alpaca fibers would be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneClick View Post
    Had to post this. That eye!! LOL!! Everything is fine as long as I don't make eye contact.

    Lol! I’ve got a 1/2 Black and Tan hound dog/1/2 golden retriever who does the same thing. “Did you eat the cat food???” He’ll look so GUILTY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eclectic View Post
    Good question. Dog hair can definitely become matted - we have had to cut mats out of dogs’ hair. However alpaca fiber and wool are more easily matted (technically it is called ‘felted’) than dog hair. Those fibers can be felted just by slightly agitating them in a wash basin or by allowing water from the faucet to run directly on them. On the other hand, hair from our Australian Shepherd would go through the washer and dryer without ever felting.

    Based on my experience, I would say that dog hair would be less prone to felting in a quilt than wool or alpaca fibers would be.
    That’s pretty neat. I didn’t really think of it in a “felting” aspect. But it makes sense. I just thought about the mats we’ve had to cut from our dog a couple of times, when he hadn’t been brushed recently, and it made me wonder.

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    They probably used to do things like this years ago, living off the land, before down was readily available. I mean, it'll stink like a dog when it gets wet, but it's cheap, readily available, possibly warm enough...what's not to love?

    ....I don't know why but it reminded me of this Calvin & Hobbes: https://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2015/08/25/

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